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1. A long-handled implement with a row of projecting teeth at its head, used especially to gather leaves or to loosen or smooth earth.
2. A device that resembles such an implement.
v. raked, rak·ing, rakes
a. To gather or move with or as if with a rake: rake leaves into a pile; rake in the gambling chips.
b. Informal To gain in abundance. Often used with in: a successful company that raked in the profits.
a. To smooth, scrape, or loosen with a rake or similar implement: rake the soil for planting.
b. To move over or across swiftly or harshly: Cold winds raked the plains.
3. To pull or drag (a comb or one's fingers, for example) over or through something, such as one's hair.
4. To scrape; scratch: The cat raked my arm with its claws.
5. To aim heavy gunfire along the length of.
1. To use a rake.
2. To conduct a thorough search: raked through the files for the misplaced letter.
To revive or bring to light; uncover: rake up old gossip.
rake over the coals
To reprimand severely.
A usually well-to-do man who is dissolute or promiscuous.
[Short for rakehell.]
intr. & tr.v. raked, rak·ing, rakes
To slant or cause to incline from the perpendicular: propeller blades that rake backward from the shaft; rake a ship's mast.
1. Inclination from the perpendicular: the rake of a jet plane's wings.
2. The angle between the cutting edge of a tool and a plane perpendicular to the working surface to which the tool is applied.
a. The angle at which a roof is inclined.
b. The inclined edge of a pitched roof or the roof of a gable or dormer.
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(Rugby) rugby the offence committed when a player deliberately scrapes an opponent's leg, arm, etc, with the studs of his or her boots
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